GIGABYTE has quietly added two low-profile video cards to its lineup of products during CES. The graphics adapters are based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series GPUs and will be among the most affordable gaming-grade products in the company’s family. The new low-profile add-in-cards will be especially useful for those building mini PCs or HTPCs as well as for those upgrading inexpensive computers from OEMs.

GIGABYTE’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4G and GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2G graphics adapters are based on NVIDIA’s GP107 GPU (albeit, in different configurations) and carry 4 GB and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 7 Gbps, respectively. Both cards use the same PCB (marked as V16156-0) as well as the dual-slot cooling system featuring an aluminum heatsink and a fan. As for connectivity, the boards also have a similar set of outputs: one DL-DVI-D, two HDMI 2.0b and one DisplayPort 1.4 with HDCP 2.2 support that is required for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.



It is noteworthy that GIGABYTE decided to slightly increase GPU clock-rates of its low-profile GeForce GTX 1050-series graphics cards versus NVIDIA’s reference designs to give them some extra punch over rivals. Meanwhile, TDP and power requirements of its low profile GTX 1050-series graphics cards remained at approximately 75 W level, which means no additional power connectors are required and the cards can be installed into any contemporary computer with a PCIe x16 slot.

Specifications of Low Profile GeForce GTX 1050-Series Graphics Cards
1050 Ti OC
1050 Ti
 1050 OC
GTX 1050
SKU GV-N105TOC-4GL   GV-N1050OC-2GL  
Stream Processors 768 640
Texture Units 48 40
ROPs 32
Core Clock (MHz) 1303 - 1328 1290 1366 - 1392 1354
Boost Clock (MHz) 1417 - 1442 1392 1468 - 1506 1455
Memory Capacity 4 GB 2 GB
Type GDDR5
Clock 7 Gbps
Bus Width 128 bit
Outputs DisplayPort 1 × DP 1.4
HDMI 2.0b 2 1 2 1
TDP 75 W
Launch Date 1/2017 11/2016 1/2017 11/2016

It seems like low profile graphics cards are back courtesy of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series as GIGABYTE is the second company to announce such parts after MSI, and it likely that these two companies will not be the only suppliers of such products. For those building low-power HTPCs or upgrading entry-level PCs, the GP107-based graphics adapters seem to be a good choice because the GPU supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs as well as has an advanced media playback engine that features hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video.

GIGABYTE does not specify MSRPs for its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4G and GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2G graphics adapters on its web-site, as these are typically determined at regional release. Given the positioning of these products, it unlikely that they will cost significantly more than NVIDIA’s MSRPs for similar video cards: $139 for the GTX 1050 Ti and $109 for the GTX 1050.

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  • vithrell - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    Well, maybe they could leave DVI port on, but make it optional by attaching it to card via pins on PCB and DVI connector on ribbon cable like MSI did with VGA connector on their low profile 750 Ti, but maybe there is a reason why they couldn't do it.
  • vseven - Monday, February 6, 2017 - link

    I would double check the specs on these cards. MSI said their card is HDMI 2.0, not 2.0a or 2.0b, but the specs listed here say 2.0b. They also told me there will not be a firmware update of any kind to make it 2.0 a or b. I'm using this for a HTPC so I'll end up with a DisplayPort to HDMI converter but keep that in mind if you were looking to plug your new 4k HDR TV directly into via HDMI.
  • bb30994 - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    There are LP machines that have room for a double-wide GPU. I have an older motheerboard with the pcie slot and the 1x slot reversed so that the1x is underneath the GPU's fan. I also have a HP6305 that has 4 back-panel covers. Next to the double-wide slot is another 16x slot that can accommodate a single-wide GPU. Unfortunately 75w + ??w exceeds the 75w limitation.

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